South Africa internationals Rhoda Mulaudzi Refiloe Jane shine for Canberra in W-League opener

Whereas a lot of the main target centred on the quite a few American imports within the W-League, a pair of unheralded South Africans stole the present in the course of the competitors’s opening weekend as Canberra United knocked over three-time champions Melbourne Metropolis.

Rhoda Mulaudzi scored one and arrange one other as Canberra despatched bold Melbourne Metropolis packing with a 2-Zero scoreline within the nation’s capital on Sunday.

Compatriot Refiloe Jane impressed all through within the coronary heart of midfield and offered an ideal move for Mulaudzi to clip the ball over advancing goalkeeper Lydia Williams as the primary South Africans to function within the W-League mixed completely on debut.

Mulaudzi had earlier compelled the Matildas shot-stopper right into a spectacular save throughout a scoreless first half and had the ball within the internet a second time solely to be denied by the offside flag.

Melbourne Metropolis hit the body of the purpose early on by way of Rhali Dobson however, with 5 key personnel lacking, the reigning champions appeared a shadow of their standard selves.

Mulaudzi capped a stellar displaying by turning supplier with a move for Ellie Carpenter to fit residence the sealer within the last minutes.

It was a equally robust opening outing for reigning premiers Brisbane Roar, who wanted a late equaliser from Carson Pickett to keep away from defeat in opposition to the Sam Kerr-less Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium.

With the league’s marquee star absent as a consequence of a carry-over suspension from final season, Brisbane dominated scoring alternatives, with new American import Chioma Ubogagu a continuing risk on debut.

But it was the Glory who opened the scoring early within the second half after Katrina Gorry, celebrating her 100th look for the Roar, turned over possession to permit Caitlin Doeglas to arrange Alyssa Mautz for the opener.

It might have been worse for the Roar with Rachel Hill hitting the crossbar earlier than Pickett secured a deserved equaliser from shut vary with two minutes remaining because of Ubogagu’s help.

Sunday’s motion was rounded out with Melbourne Victory unable to beat Adelaide United at residence regardless of a succession of second-half possibilities that saved United goalkeeper Sarah Willacy busy.

Sydney FC sit high of the ladder after starting the season with a assured 3-Zero win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday.

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